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Colorful fingerling potatoes used in a traditional facial treatment at Tierra Chiloé

Facial treatments with potatoes from Chiloe

Diego Salas

Potato flour is the main ingredient in the “Poñi” treatment, one of the facial treatments offered by Uma Spa at Tierra Chiloe. This vegetable, one of the most essential to island cuisine, is also known for its many benefits to the skin.

Poñi means potato in Mapudungun, the language of the Mapuches, who have always kept this tuber central to their diet, which is largely vegetarian. However, potatoes are not just for eating.

Their high vitamin C and calcium content helps generate collagen and elastin, promoting cellular renewal. They reduce spots and facial expression lines, and help to prevent premature aging by moisturizing and deeply nourishing the skin. Potatoes are also hypoallergenic.

Skin treatments at Tierra Chiloe are done in quiet, harmonious settings with smells that evoke nature, allowing guests to relax deeply.

“We focus our attention on you and pamper your face in a caring, delicate way for about an hour. We apply our products to your skin – starting with a cleaning with a combination of natural oils. We then give you a nice massage and finish with a wrap featuring the delicious aromas of our native ingredients that will revitalize your skin,” explains Katherine Zenteno, manager of Uma Spa at Tierra Chiloe.

This and a variety of other treatments are available at Uma Spa. At Tierra Hotels we are dedicated to using local ingredients to provide our guests with an experience that connects them to their destination, making treatments the perfect complement to their excursions out into nature.